November 26, 2013
AMES, Iowa -- For two consecutive harvest seasons, Ajay Nair and his team of researchers have unearthed an unusual vegetable from Iowa soil—the warm weather-loving sweet potato—confirming that the southern crop can be grown successfully in the Midwest.
November 19, 2013
AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State University agronomy professor Matt Liebman will be honored with the 2013 Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture on December 5.
November 11, 2013
AMES, Iowa -- A new report from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture shows that institutional purchases of local food added nearly $9 million to the Iowa economy in 2012.
What’s more, the report points out enormous opportunities for local foods in Iowa that could benefit rural...
November 5, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Farmer Veteran Coalition of Iowa will host its first annual conference December 14 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Easter Seals Iowa, 401 NE 66th Avenue in Des Moines.
October 31, 2013
AMES, Iowa -- Five research and demonstration projects funded by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture recently have completed work and summaries of the findings are now available.
October 31, 2013
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – A Minnesota gardener will discuss his family’s vegetable gardening system that produces leafy vegetables plus trout and tilapia for fish markets during a webinar on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 12 noon. The webinar is offered by the Farm Energy Working Group, facilitated by...
October 28, 2013
AMES, Iowa – Climate variability and how it impacts the way we manage water resources is the focus of a new research venture between the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and the Iowa Water Center.
October 23, 2013
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The statewide Farm Energy Working Group will meet Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the Northeast Iowa Community-Based Dairy Foundation in Calmar to tour the new robotic milking facility, hear about federal farm energy programs, and learn about the Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI)...
October 16, 2013
IOWA CITY, Iowa — The 13th Annual Iowa Organic Conference, scheduled for Nov. 17-18, will once again bring national experts, the latest in organic agriculture production research, and the voices of local experience together for an educational event. The conference will be held in Iowa City at...
October 9, 2013
AMES, Iowa – The faces and stories of three farm families engaged in unique agroforestry enterprises are featured in a set of case study-type profiles newly available online.
September 10, 2013
AMES, Iowa – This fall, take part in a presentation and discussion of solutions to global soil erosion with geologist David R. Montgomery, who will present the 2013 Pesek Colloquium on Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University on September 23.
September 3, 2013
AMES, Iowa – A new report that calculates the cost of establishing strips of prairie amid row crops suggests that it may be one of the most cost-effective and low-effort conservation practices available to farmers and landowners in the Midwest.
The innovative practice, which has...
September 3, 2013
September kicks off multiple local food celebrations across Iowa. A number of Iowa communities are observing this peak season of abundant local food with farm “crawls” (tours that go to several farms in one region), special events and all-local meals.
Iowans are encouraged to...
September 3, 2013
NOTE: This Iowa Learning Farms news release summarizes work on a statewide campaign that has been supported by the Leopold Center under a special three-year grant.
AMES, Iowa -- What do rubber ducks, dogs, pirates, poop, and poodle skirts have in common? These are all tools being used to promote a...
August 13, 2013
AMES, Iowa – On a sunny day at a research farm in northern Ames, scientist Michelle Soupir considers her data source—a freshly deposited cow pie on rain-drizzled grass. A soil and water quality researcher at Iowa State University, Soupir is interested in how gut bacteria from livestock...
July 30, 2013
AMES, Iowa –A new case study from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture combines the growing demand for local food with the popularity of online shopping to create a new business, an online food cooperative.
July 22, 2013
NEWELL, Iowa – Insulated portable dwellings used for thousands of years by nomadic people in central Asia have found another creative use on an Iowa State University research farm: keeping baby pigs comfortable.
July 16, 2013
AMES, Iowa -- Increased demand for locally grown fruit and vegetables has attracted many new growers in Iowa. Ajay Nair, a vegetable production specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, is sharing information to help them adopt sustainable production practices to improve their...
July 9, 2013
TAYLOR COUNTY, Iowa – Iowa farmer Seth Watkins is blazing the trail with a new conservation practice to reduce soil loss and improve water quality: seeding strips of native prairie into cropland on his farm.
Planting prairie strips in row-cropped fields is a conservation approach pioneered by...
July 3, 2013
AMES, Iowa – A popular publication on the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture website, Food Facts, has been updated to include more than a decade of results from marketing and food systems research.
The publication offers key findings from 52 research projects either supported by a...
June 18, 2013
AMES, Iowa – Summaries of the results from six recent projects are now available on the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture website, representing all four research initiatives: Ecology, Marketing and Food Systems, Policy and Cross-Cutting.
Four of the six projects focused on water...
June 13, 2013
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa has two new representatives on the advisory board of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, a research center located at Iowa State University.
June 11, 2013
AMES, Iowa – Winter cover crops improve farmland health by putting roots in the ground during a time of year when corn and soybean aren’t growing. Farmers planting winter rye, however, have discovered a mystery: While otherwise an ideal cover crop, rye will sometimes cause a yield...
June 5, 2013
AMES, Iowa – A pilot program designed to increase the competitiveness and long-term sustainability of grazing systems in Iowa is now recruiting participants for its second year.
Iowa State University Extension and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) personnel developed the...
June 3, 2013
AMES, Iowa -- The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture is looking for innovative ideas for research and projects as part of its long-running competitive grants program. Of particular interest this year is work that focuses on soil health, identifying and managing vulnerabilities to...
May 28, 2013
AMES, Iowa – A new website showcases stories from around the state of efforts to bring fresh, local food into Iowa schools.
Flannery Cerbin, a FoodCorps Fellow housed at the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), received a special grant through the statewide Local Food and Farm...
May 23, 2013
AMES, Iowa – Producers making the switch to organic crops to meet growing market demand not only fetch premium prices, according to a recent study; they also build healthy soil and sequester carbon, making organic agriculture a useful strategy for dealing with climate change.
April 29, 2013
AMES, Iowa – As demand for local and organic produce rises, vegetable growers face the challenge of scaling up the size of their operations. A new online tool provides information to growers in the Upper Midwest about the methods and equipment available for transplant production.
April 18, 2013
AMES, Iowa – A new publication, the Game-Bird Preserve Business Development Guide, is available for Iowa landowners interested in establishing a profitable hunting preserve.
The guide, authored by Dan Burden of Iowa State University Value-Added Agriculture, is the result of a one-year grant...
April 17, 2013
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Iowa Farm Energy Working Group (FEWG) has awarded three demonstration grants to Iowa farmers with small to mid-sized operations to demonstrate how they meet their energy needs through energy efficiency, energy conservation, or the use of renewable resources from on their...
April 15, 2013
AMES, Iowa – The Leopold Center is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture, which honors people who have made a significant contribution to the ecological and economic stability of Iowa’s family farms.
You may nominate yourself or others for...
April 14, 2013
BARABOO, Wisconsin -- Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time was honored with an Emmy® award for Best Historical Documentary at the 54th annual Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in November 2012, and it will air on Iowa Public...
April 10, 2013
AMES, Iowa -- With spring just around the corner, newly sprouted plants are adding splashes of color to Iowa’s woodlands. Research from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture reveals that these understory plants have an important role to play in protecting water quality.
April 3, 2013
AMES, Iowa – Summaries of the results from five recently completed research projects are now available from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University.
Three projects were in the Leopold Center’s Marketing and Food Systems Initiative. Researchers...
April 1, 2013
Ames, Iowa -- Analysts are expecting a record number of acres will be planted to corn this year. But with increasing costs and pressure to convert as much land as possible to crops, farmers are cautioned to check before tilling small patches of prairie or grassland for the first time.
March 26, 2013
AMES, Iowa -- More than trees are lost when woodlots and fencelines disappear from rural landscapes.
When trees and woody plantings are removed, a landscape has a lot less to offer in the form of habitat and cover for birds, bats, pollinators and wildlife, water filtration potential and maybe...
March 21, 2013
AMES, Iowa -- An internationally recognized scientist and World Food Prize recipient will speak about opportunities and challenges for advancing integrated sustainable development during the 2013 Shivvers Memorial Lecture at Iowa State University.
Hans Herren's talk, "Changing Course in...
February 27, 2013
AMES, Iowa – The Local Food and Farm Program has selected four projects to receive funding in 2013 that move toward the goal of strengthening Iowa’s local food economy.
The Local Food and Farm Program (LFFP), coordinated by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, is part of an...
February 25, 2013
AMES, Iowa – At an upcoming conference, “Road Map for Resilience: Empowering Iowa’s Local Food Economy,” nationally-recognized speakers and local storytellers will share insights on how to craft a vibrant local food system for Iowa.
Early-bird registration at...
February 18, 2013
AMES, Iowa – Grafting tomatoes is centuries old and it has come to the forefront in the past decade for several reasons. Grafting can be used successfully to manage soil borne diseases and improve yields in both hybrid and heirloom tomatoes. Growers also are interested in learning about...
February 13, 2013
AMES, Iowa – The sixth annual ‘Ames Reads Leopold’ event will celebrate the life and thinking of Aldo Leopold with readings from A Sand County Almanac and a screening of the documentary Green Fire.
The event is free and open to the public. It will take place on Sunday, March 10...
February 5, 2013
AMES, Iowa – Producers, consumers, business owners and anyone interested in developing Iowa’s local food system are invited to register for an upcoming conference, “Road Map for Resilience: Empowering Iowa’s Local Food Economy.”
The conference, sponsored jointly by...
February 5, 2013
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Farmers with small to mid-sized operations may apply for grants to incorporate energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable energy measures to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. The grants of up to $2,000 are offered through the Farm Energy Working Group...
January 28, 2013
AMES, Iowa – The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture has awarded grants for 15 innovative research and demonstration projects that will begin work in 2013.
January 23, 2013
AMES, Iowa – The annual report covering the events of fiscal year 2012 is now available from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture located at Iowa State University. This new 36-page publication showcases the wide variety of work done in the Center’s research initiatives for...
January 17, 2013
AMES, Iowa – Iowa farmers are encouraged to check out a new online tool that will help them select the right cover crop for their operations.
January 14, 2013
AMES, Iowa – Summaries of what has been learned from seven recently completed projects are now available on the website of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. All projects were supported by Leopold Center competitive grants within one of its four research initiatives: Ecological...
January 3, 2013
AMES, Iowa – The Leopold Center Advisory Board begins the new year with three new members. Iowa State professor Steven Mickelson, West Des Moines businessman Dale Farnham and Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Jay Johnson are the newest appointees to the Center’s 17-member advisory...